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    Rutledge Announces Benton County Man Sentenced for Property Theft and Failure to Maintain Records

    May 24, 2017

    Says, ‘People attempting to defraud Arkansas taxpayers will be held accountable’

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Benton County man for property theft and failure to maintain records.

    Joseph Brannon Randolph pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to five years probation. He will pay $27,942 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program, a $2,500 fine and court costs in the criminal case. Randolph also agreed to a civil judgment of $399,876.63 to be entered in Benton County Circuit Court for restitution and civil penalties resulting from false claims he submitted to the Arkansas Medicaid Program.

    “People attempting to defraud Arkansas taxpayers will be held accountable,” said Attorney General Rutledge. ”Investigators and attorneys from the Attorney General’s office work each day to go after those who defraud the system in which so many depend. Medicaid is critical for some of the most vulnerable, and it is important for individuals like Joseph Randolph to be prosecuted for their crimes.”

    Randolph, 42, of Bentonville, pleaded guilty to theft of property by deception, a Class B felony, and failure to maintain records, a Class D felony.

    This case was initiated by a referral from the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and was prosecuted in coordination with the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.

    To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in residential care facilities, complete the online form at, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud hotline at (866) 810-0016 or email

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